In May 1997 Gary Kasparov, widely regarded as the greatest chess player the world has ever seen, played Deep Blue - a hulking one and a half ton IBM supercomputer. As it played out in the media, this was a chess tournament and scientific experiment that would question our dominance as the most intelligent entity on the planet. Capturing people's imaginations, the outcome of this 'Man vs. Machine' battle was stunning. To win the match, the computer did what many thought impossible at the time - it appeared to think like a human.
MPAA rating: PG.
Alliance Atlantis ; a World Documentary Fund film, an initiative of the UK Film Council, New Cinema Fund, the National Film Board of Canada and the BBC ; an Alliance Atlantis and National Film Board of Canada Production ; director, Vikram Jayanti ; producer, Hal Vogel.
Originally produced in 2003.
Special features: director's commentary; play by play computer re-enactment and analysis of all 6 chess matches between Kasparov and Deep Blue; Chessmaster 10th edition exclusive PC playable game demo; DVD-ROM content with 8 hours of game play; Kasparov's biography; scene selection.
Music, Rob Lane